Everton MUST be looking to sack Rafa Benitez, says Ray Parlour after dismal defeat to Brighton and believes boyhood fan Wayne Rooney could succeed the Spaniard after impressing at Derby
- Everton boss Rafa Benitez is facing increasing pressure after some poor results
- His side are winless in seven and lost 3-2 at home to Brighton last time out
- Arsenal legend Ray Parlour believes the club will be thinking about sacking him
- He suggested Everton icon Wayne Rooney, currently at Derby, could take over
Everton will be weiging up whether to sack under-fire boss Rafa Benitez, according to Ray Parlour, as pressure continues to grow on the Spaniard.
The Toffees are in dire straits this season and haven’t won in their last seven games – the latest disappointment a 3-2 home loss to Brighton, leaving the struggling side down in 15th place – eight points above the relegation zone.
Many fans were against his appointment having formerly managed bitter rivals Liverpool – and he will have done nothing to get the Toffees faithful onside after a set of woeful results, with nine defeats in the league already.
Everton must be looking to sack Rafa Benitez after a poor start to the season, says Ray Parlour
The former Arsenal star said fans will be worried about the future after a poor run of results
And Arsenal legend Parlour feels the team’s poor performances should have the Everton board weighing up their options.
He told talkSport: ‘Certainly it was going to be a tough job for [Benitez] when he was first appointed at Everton because of his Liverpool background and some Everton fans weren’t having him from the start. Then it’s all about results.
‘If they’re sitting fourth in the league then the fans would be loving it and saying “what a great appointment” but because they are struggling, which they are, then I’m sure most Everton fans would be a litte bit worried about what’s going to happen going forward.’
Parlour believes owner Farhad Moshiri will soon be on the lookout for Benitez’s successor
He tipped former Everton schoolboy Wayne Rooney – who burst onto the scene at Goodison Park before going on to enjoy a superb career with Manchester United – to return as boss having impressed during a tough spell at Derby, who are enduring a financial crisis in administration and on the receiving end of a points deduction.
‘Whether they’re going to sack him, I don’t know,’ he added. ‘Whether there are options behind the scenes [I don’t know].
‘They must be looking around now, the Everton board, saying, “well, if we do pull the plug on Rafa Benitez we’ve got to have a plan, who is our number one target?”
He said ex-Everton schoolboy Wayne Rooney could take the job after impressing at Derby
‘Would it be Wayne Rooney who is doing a wonderful job at Derby County? Would he want to go to Everton with Duncan Ferguson as part of that backroom staff still?
‘You can argue that about any job [if he would be ready]. I know Frank Lampard went into it too early to Chelsea. Steven Gerrard has gone in [to Aston Villa] after a [good] season at Rangers. Who knows? You don’t know until you try. Maybe they trust Wayne Rooney to be the man?
‘Lots of people respect Wayne Rooney for what he’s acheived but that doesn’t mean you’re going to be a top manager, I must admit, but maybe that is the way forward.’
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